FULL FIELD FOR BARRETTS DEBUTANTE
Pomona, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2008) – A full field of 10 2-year-old fillies will enter the starting gate on Saturday for the richest race thus far at the Fairplex Park meeting in the $130,000-estimated Barretts Debutante at 6 ½ furlongs.
The Barretts Debutante is restricted to horses which went through the sales ring at one of four Barretts sales auctions.
Heading the cast of talented juveniles, is the 8-5 morning line favorite Speedin E xcess, trained by Ted H. West and ridden Pomona’s leading jockey Martin Pedroza. Speedin Excess has only started once, missing by a neck in her Del Mar debut last month after setting a very quick pace, but tiring late in 1:10 2/5 for six furlongs.
“We think she’s a really talented filly,” said Ted West, the father and assistant to his son, Ted H. West. “Going into the race she’s perfect, and if she gets a good trip, she’s going to be awfully tough to beat.
“She’s a push button horse in the mornings. She’ll go as fast, or as slow as you want. We think we’re running the best horse and we have the best jockey, so we’re expecting a good performance, but the kind of trip she gets will be important.”
Also lining up to grab the brass ring are: Miss Dixie Dancer, Listisimo, Malusita, Pistoia, Victory Dancer, Trifecta King, winner of the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park in May, Emba U.T.K., Shouldabeenmaizey and Makasi. Bar Far and Rocket Candy are on the also eligible list.
ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET
There was one winning ticket that isolated all the winners in Thursday two-day pick six carryover. Purchased at a New York OTB facility, the solo stub was worth a whopping $364,602.
A total 58 tickets tabbed five winners. Each consolation prize was worth $1,674.20.
The big payoff came in the Thursday finale when jockey Luis Contreras guided Gotham Glory, the longest shot in the field, to victory for a $49.20 upset. For Contreras it was his first winner of the Fairplex season.
The pick six winners were Trainspotting ($6.40), Peace Prospect ($2.80), Summer Survivor ($17.40), Keon ($9.80), Steady Demand ($16.20) and Gotham Glory ($49.20).
However, no one was able to select all the winners in the $1 win pick nine and the carryover pool for today’s 10-race program is $27,580.
FOUR MORE WINNERS FOR PEDROZA
On Wednesday’s program Pomona’s leading jockey Martin Pedroza won only one race, but it was back to “normal” on Thursday when he visited the winner’s circle in four consecutive races, the third through the sixth.
The four-bagger gives Pedroza 24 triumphs in just six afternoons of sport, for a four-a-day average. In 2004 Pedroza won an incredible 51 races in 17 days for a three-a-day average.
Pedroza’s closest pursuer is Alonso Quinonez who has won eight races.